Where to see the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most breathtaking sights, an amazing show of green, blue and purple illuminations. This year, the boffins at Nasa say the Aurora Borealis will be at their most intense for half a century.

More accessible than you might think, here are three places close to the UK where you can witness the heavenly light show:

Iceland

Iceland is a great place to visit at any time of year, but when the Northern Lights are in town it’s even better. To give yourself the best chance of seeing them, head north of Reykjavik, to Þingvellir, the national park.

Norway

Norway can be quite an expensive holiday destination, but it’ll be worth it when you’re being dwarfed by the huge curls of light above you. Head to the town of Tromso, in northern Norway, to be in with the best chance of seeing them.

Finland

Another ideal place to see Aurora Borealis, Finland’s landscape is almost as beautiful as the lights in the sky. The northern town of Luosto is practically teeming with Northern Lights, so brave the cold and take a trip up there.

(videos – YouTube, visiticeland.com)